Quinaucho lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is employed as a project worker and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Quinaucho participates in church activities and Vacation Bible School. He is also in pre-school where his performance is above average. Soccer, playing with cars and running are his favorite activities.
Please remember Quinaucho in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Quinaucho lives in the mountainous community of La Ecuatoriana, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have brick walls.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnutrition, diarrhea, respiratory infections, typhoid and skin diseases. Most adults in La Ecuatoriana are unemployed but some work as street vendors or day laborers and earn the equivalent of $292 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities and parks.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amiguitos de Jesús Student Center to provide Quinaucho with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, field trips, birthday celebrations, sports, homework help, academic reinforcement, English classes and computer courses. The center staff will also provide parenting workshops and special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Quinaucho.
Straddling the equator, Ecuador has two Andes mountain ranges that split it into three zones: the western coastal lowlands, the central Andean highlands and the eastern jungles of the Amazon basin. The lowlands and islands are hot and humid and the highlands are temperate.
The Ecuadorian population is about 25 percent Amerindian and 65 percent mestizo (Amerindian and Caucasian). The remainder is of Spanish or African descent. Most people live in urban settings. Spanish is the official language but many Indians speak Quechua, the language of the Incas, and practice traditional religions. Ninety-five percent of Ecuadorians are Catholic. Compassion works throughout central and western Ecuador.
Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro invaded Ecuador, home of the Inca Empire, in 1532 and controlled it within two years. In 1822, Ecuador gained freedom as part of a federation known as Gran Colombia. In 1830, it gained independence as Ecuador.
In recent decades, Ecuador's economy has relied heavily on oil export revenue, so fluctuations in world market prices have a significant economic impact. A drop in world oil prices combined with natural disasters in the late 1990s to drive Ecuador's economy into poverty. In 2000, Congress enacted reforms and adopted the U.S. dollar as legal tender, which helped stabilize the economy. In recent years, however, economic reforms have been reversed, making Ecuador again vulnerable to oil price swings and financial crises. And though Ecuador marked 25 years of civilian governance in 2004, it has been troubled by political instability, including the ouster of the last three democratically elected presidents. Rafael Correa is the current president.
Map of Ecuador
Child's Location: South section of Quito